By Adekola Afolabi
Security presence has been relaxed at the Akure head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), following the conduct of the last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Security had been beefed up few days to the elections, as fierce looking and combat ready combined security agents were deployed to the INEC office to prevent possible attack by hoodlums.
To successfully secure the office, all the roads leading to the INEC office were condoned off by heavily armed security agents, while individuals going to the office were equally subjected to rigorous check.
Armoured Personnel Carrier, police Anti-bomb and other security vehicles were strategically stationed at the Akure INEC headquarters.
However, the heavy presence of armed security personnel in and around the INEC office has suddenly disappeared after the conduct of the polls and winners announced.
Investigation by The Hope yesterday revealed that only few security agents now maned the INEC office unlike before.
Apart from this, the roads linking the office have also been through for both human and vehicular movement, just as all the barricades have been removed.
The usual joint security patrol across the state capital which was witnessed prior to the day of the elections is now abated.
INEC in Ondo state had, in the early hours of Monday, announced the winner of the presidential election in the state.
According to the presidential election results declared by Prof. Kayode Soremekun, Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, the All Progressives Congress, (APC), won seven local Government Areas, while the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), won eleven Council areas.
He disclosed that while the APC polled a total of 241, 769 votes, the PDP garnered a total of 275, 901 votes to win in the state.
However, results from across the country showed that President Muhammadu Buhari is leading other contestants in the presidential election.